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The Children Act – tekijä: Ian McEwan
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The Children Act (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2014; vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Ian McEwan

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"Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts. But Fiona's professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses. But Jack doesn't leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case--as well as her crumbling marriage--tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:PaulaCheg
Teoksen nimi:The Children Act
Kirjailijat:Ian McEwan
Info:Nan A. Talese (2014), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 240 pages
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The narrator does an excellent job, especially of Fiona, but when it comes to rendering the speech of the boy, she makes him sound petulant -- probably because of the slightly higher pitched, nasally voice she uses for him. Since the boy came across to me as so unlikeable, I had a bit of trouble understanding how Fiona could have been so affected by him.

A small thing, but there is a very minor part of the plot in which Fiona deals with a young man who is falsely accused by a young woman of rape. She only wants money for an XBox, is the conclusion of our sympathetic, well-balanced, female narrator. When coupled with McEwan's book Atonement (which I love), I think perhaps this author takes a special imaginative interest in these scenarios. Do all men worry about being falsely accused of rape by a woman, in the same way women tend to worry about actually being raped?

But if you've also read, say, Missoula by Jon Krakauer and are schooled up on rape culture (and you know that a man is far, far more likely to be raped by another man than to be falsely accused of rape by a woman), you might ask: Where are these fictional storylines taking us, collectively? I don't know if anyone's done a spreadsheet of it, but the books I read seem to feature disproportionate numbers of women 'crying rape'. I know that murders are also disproportionate in novels -- extreme events in general are disproportionate in novels -- that's why they find themselves in novels. But murder cases don't have the same problems as rape cases do in our current culture. When someone is murdered no one is claiming the murder victim 'brought it on themselves', or are 'faking murder to get money for an XBox', so I'd like to see excellent novelists explore the 'crying rape' storyline with all of this cultural baggage in mind. These days when I encounter a plot like that my enjoyment of the text drops significantly. ( )
  LynleyS | May 14, 2021 |
This is one of McEwan's best, displaying his skilful ability to tell a complex story in his typically taut, astute style. Judge Fiona Maye, is required to make a judgement on a young Jehovah's Witness who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion, while she simultaneously deals with her faltering marriage. Although his writing is pared-down, the story provides an intricate blend of thought-provoking concepts. ( )
1 ääni VivienneR | Feb 11, 2021 |
Does religious belief outweigh the fight for survival? and if the one battling for life is a child, who gets to rule on what is, and isn’t, right? In The Children Act McEwan raises this question. Judge Fiona Maye is called upon to judge the case of a Jehovah’s Witness child who needs a blood transfusion to help save his life. His parents object, on religious grounds. The boy himself, although he is almost 18, not really a boy, also objects. He believes in his religion. He believes that it would be wrong to accept the blood of another, pollution of his own self.

And at the same time Maye has to deal with the fact that her own marriage may be ending.

This is a short novel, but if it hadn’t been a book club read I’m not sure I would have finished it. So much about the characters annoyed me. The husband, Jack, to start with. My god! what a selfish twit. He deserved such a slap. His first action in the novel is to ask for his wife’s consent to have passionate sex with another woman. Younger than himself and Maye, they are both in the sixties, of course. And when she denies him permission i he goes an does it anyway. And acts as though she is the one in the wrong for not agreeing. After all, he still loves her! Bleaurgh is my considered opinion of Jack.

The fact that Jack is such an arse isn’t grounds, in itself, to dislike the novel. Plenty of disagreeable characters can make for interesting books. It is just that the rest of the book seems so stilted and cold. The story, although third person narrated, is all from Fiona Maye’s point of view. Yet I never felt that I knew her as a person. She was so distant and cold, even with herself. Although throughout the book there are hints that it could have been so much better. Hints that could have been developed into much more of a rounded character, and indeed a rounded story.

It reads like a book where the author felt he was being clever with the story, and there are plenty of clever lines and ideas in it, but it lacked heart and emotion. Although maybe that, in and of itself, is a comment on the legal world in which the events took place. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
This is a difficult one to rate. I love Ian McEwan, and appreciate his novels, even when they aren't my favorite plots. This was a great premise, had interesting characters, and above all, wonderful writing. I will read anything McEwan writes solely for the writing. However, this one reminded me more of Amsterdam than Atonement: quieter, less sweeping in scope, more character study. However, I adored On Chesil Beach, which falls into these categories, yet felt more lukewarm on this book. I liked it, but didn't fall in love with it. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
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The story depicts an English judge who rules over family court matters matters. She is well respected for her clarity of judgment, always putting the welfare of the children at the forefront. She lives a distinguished life, married to her husband who teaches art history. Early on in the story he announces that their relationship has gone almost asexual and that he is interested in pursuing a relationship with a younger, willing coworker. She is shocked and promptly sends him packing, changing the locks. Meanwhile she is faced with the story of Adam who is dying of leukemia and needs a blood transfusion in order to live. He was raised a Jehovah's Witness and the intake of another person's boood is seen as a sin. She meets with him and finds him quite extraordinary and though 17 sound enough to understand the consequences of his decision. If he were three months older, there would be no court case. She decides to rule with the hospital and gives him life so to speak and he winds up being grateful and renouncing his faith. However he is now looking for something more and goes to her for the answers. She is taken by him, even commits the grave error of giving him a kiss on the lips, a momentary mistake and sends him away. Later her rebuke of his wish to live with her results in dire consequences.She feels to blame and tells her husband the story, which might just bring them closer.

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From the moment of this meeting, the novel seems guided by an elegant geometry. The pain of the faltering marriage is replaced with the tensions of the intensity between a middle-aged, distinguished female judge and a dying, sensitive boy. From this point on, the previously cool British novel, tightly constructed and insightfully written, enters the realm of passion and becomes memorable.
At 221 pages, this is one of McEwan's short novels, lacking the luxurious sprawl of Atonement, which many consider his masterpiece. Instead, it's a book that begins with the briskness of a legal brief written by a brilliant mind, and concludes with a gracefulness found in the work of few other writers. And in the end, it left me with a very particular reassuring feeling. I couldn't help but feel: Ian McEwan, I'd know you anywhere. Meg wolitzer. ( )
  novelcommentary | Dec 19, 2020 |
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Ian McEwan, master of obsession, fumbles with his latest, The Children Act
 
McEwan, always a smart, engaging writer, here takes more than one familiar situation and creates at every turn something new and emotionally rewarding in a way he hasn’t done so well since On Chesil Beach (2007).
lisäsi Nickelini | muokkaaKirkus Reviews (Sep 9, 2014)
 
Although thrillingly close to the child within us, McEwan nonetheless writes for, and about, the grown-ups. In a climate that breeds juvenile cynicism, we more than ever need his adult art.
 

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"Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child's welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts. But Fiona's professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah's Witnesses. But Jack doesn't leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case--as well as her crumbling marriage--tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page"--

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